Because of hard times, more people resort to easy money by stealing from others. While there are risks to doing so, the returns almost make up for it. Ask around and almost everyone has had an unfortunate encounter with the notorious robber, either on the streets or inside vehicles. Whether we call them pickpockets, snatcher or holdaper, they have similar modus operandi: stealthily strike once the potential victim is occupied. Just like this thief who is caught with his hand inside a woman’s bag – possibly his catch for the day.
One online user took to Facebook to warn other commuters about one man’s method of spotting his next victim. The concerned netizen uploaded two video clips on the social media platform that showed the thief clearly observing the bags of the passengers in one bus stop. While the commuters were busy looking at the buses, he was occupied with checking out his prospective victim. The said post has been shared almost 15,000 times as of writing.
In the first footage, the man was shown standing at the back with his hands inside his pockets. It looked as if he was waiting for something. But as he moved farther back, he looked down and sneaked glances at each passing commuter and their bags.
Throughout the clip, the guy hid his hands behind the bag slung across his body. Likewise, he slowly walked to and fro to look like he was biding his time. At one point, the man took out his mobile phone as if checking for messages.
In the second clip, he continued his charade of looking at his phone and eventually pocketed it. After two minutes of waiting, the man was finally able to pick his victim – a woman about to board a bus.
During the last seconds of the footage, the thief closely tailed the lady. At some point, he was even caught on camera with his hand rummaging inside the bag. However, the woman moved her arm across the bag, prompting the thief to quickly withdraw his hand.